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Ut Res Magis Valeat Quam Pereat - Liberal and favorable construction
Last updated: 06-Oct-2014

Per Holroyd J in Rex v Cotterill (1817) 1 B & Ald 81:

Another general rule in the construction of the charters is that such a presumption shall be made ‘ut res magis valeat quam pereat,’ that is, that the object ot the grant shall be attained rather than defeated. It has even been said that nothing is to be inferred from usage to cripple the grant.


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